So I haven't had a pair of cross-country boots yet. I kind of had my heart set on a set of white Dalmar event boots, but the money didn't really work out, and I didn't want to pull the trigger too soon, etc. I'm not so much of a tack ho as TSB, but I have to acknowledge that Apollo has a lot of boots. (Note to self: need a replacement set of petals and a strap for the black petal boots) So I've been holding off.
But with the xc schooling scheduled for last week, I decided I needed to pull that trigger. And in order to get them in time for schooling, I needed to order from Amazon Prime. I couldn't find the Dalmar boots at the time - of course, NOW they're back in stock! - and the Woof Wear Smart Event Boots had the same attributes: lightweight, solid protection at the critical points on each leg, perforated neoprene to not hold water or heat, venting, and good velcro. They have good reviews, too, and I didn't feel like they'd rub. Plus, they'd show up in time! So ... trigger pulled.
Anyway, I tried them on Apollo, and the Medium fit perfectly. I felt like they didn't pull quite tight enough at first, but I adjusted them a bit and for the rest of it I reminded myself they're not supposed to be TIGHT, just secure. And they were. Apollo didn't object, didn't try to rub them off with his nose, and just chippered right along.
We tested them over stadium fences, rather than the planned xc, so I don't have a full review yet, but over stadium they worked beautifully. We did klonk some fences, and he didn't have a single bobble afterward. The boot barely scuffed. When I took them off, his legs weren't any hotter than they are in open front jump boots, and he hadn't sweated his cannon bones off.
If there was one drawback, it was that they did take off a bunch of unshed hair. ;) So not a drawback at all.
|Exactly what they looked like when they got here,|
except mine said M ...
Overall, I'll know more when I finally get out on the xc course, but preliminary review is that they're worth buying. I'd recommend finding a better deal than full price, but I'm pleased nonetheless.
Photos of Himself himself wearing them coming soon ...